There is growing evidence that global warming is real, and that
we should do something about it. If you're not sure about
that, click here.
This group hosts a monthly lecture series to discuss the science
of global warming, and the engineering and economics
of its solutions, with a preference for market friendly
solutions likely to achieve bipartisan
support. The lectures will occur about once per month, on
weeknights, in midtown Manhattan, and free pizza will be served.
There is a desperate need for conservative participation
in solving climate change. To date, the effort is
completely dominated by the far left, who are NOT
up to the task. They are using global warming as an EXCUSE
to make absurd left-wing demands that have nothing
whatsoever to do with the environment:
There is an author, Naomi Klein, who wrote a book and a
movie, This Changes Everything, that says we have
to "end capitalism" to address
global warming: Not so fast,
Naomi! We had several countries try
very hard to "end capitalism" in the 20th century, and we had 30
million die during peacetime under Chairman Mao (2
million of them directly murdered), 7 million deliberately
starved and 13 million others murdered by Stalin during
peacetime, and when the Marxist Pol Pot conquered
Cambodia in the seventies, the first thing he did was murder
everyone over 65 because they "weren't
productive". Among Cambodians who were teenagers at that
time, women now outnumber men six to one because
of all the bloodshed.
Jill Stein's Green Party had a "Green New Deal" http://www.gp.org/green_new_deal as part of their 2012 platform that included:
both of which would require amendments to the constitution, plus
The "Green New Deal" https://tinyurl.com/y88kkyw8 promoted by the social media superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the Sunrise movement demands that
FOCUS, Naomi, Jill, & Alexandria, FOCUS!!! Can we at least maintain some pretense of trying to solve the environmental problem?
Yale did a fraudulent
poll that Cortez's fans are citing to claim that she
has crafted a plan with bipartisan support when in fact she has
done nothing of the sort.
Most of the environmental movement is very, very far left, with the result that environmental groups are often so politically homogeneous that they quickly reach a solid consensus among themselves around wacko, irrelevant, extremist ideas that have zero hope of making it past the senate filibuster, let alone of achieving the decades of sustained bipartisan support needed to address global warming, and nobody in the room will raise their hand and say "Hey! That's crazy!". In 2016, the Sierra Club and some other environmental groups refused to support a carbon tax in Washington State because, in part, it didn't do enough for "communities of color" and the statement of refusal was talking about "our allies in the labor, social justice, immigrant, and tribal communities". It was when he saw that statement that the organizer of this group realized that the eco-left had LOST ITS FRIGGING MIND and was USELESS at it's supposed goal of saving the planet, and that it would be necessary to start a group to get conservatives involved in the solution to global warming.
Another thing is that much of environmental movement is technically
and economically illiterate. See this debate
about global warming where climate skeptic Senator Ted Cruz, a
lawyer with NO technical background, demolishes
Aaron Mair, the head of the Sierra Club. In
fact, many environmentalists are WAY beyond
technically illiterate -- they are downright Luddites
whose idea of scientific discourse is going on and on about how
cute and cuddly polar bears are. And polar bears aren't really that "cuddly"
-- if you ever met one in the wild, it would immediately tear
you apart and eat you!!! What's more, they
aren't even particularly endangered -- all that footage of
drowning polar bears in An Inconvenient Truth was
basically just made up! It's a cartoon!
There will be NO talk of polar bears,
whales, or baby seals at this meetup -- given the
sorts of potential bad outcomes we are facing, if all three go
extinct, we'll be getting off pretty easy.
Temperatures have been rising for the last 40 years:
Most liberal climate activists believe that the approach should be to just defeat the conservatives and impose climate change solutions against their will. This won't work, because climate action will have far-ranging impact on the economy, and the effort has to be sustained for several decades. It is unrealistic to expect one party to control both the executive and legislative branches for anywhere near that long. The Democratic Party controlled the executive (and I'm not sure about congress) for 20 years from 1932-1952 (and Truman's re-election in 1948 was so close that he went to bed thinking he had lost), and it took a Great Depression, spectacular incompetence of the preceding Hoover administration, and a world war to bring that about.
What we have now is that Democrats try to take climate
action, and progress is slow unless they have a
filibuster-proof majority in congress, and as soon as
Republicans come to power, they dismantle all that progress
overnight. We'll never get anywhere that way.
It's a long way to getting conservatives on board, but it's
our only hope.
And such progress is
being made!!! There is currently
legislation in BOTH chambers of congress, which
had both Republican and Democratic
sponsors in each chamber. It was
sponsored by 1 Republican and 1 Democrat in the senate, and by
3 Republicans and 7 Democrats in the House. Jeff Flake,
the senate Republican, is no longer in office, but all the
other sponsors still are.
Here is another write-up of the same idea that was written
before the legislation existed, which does a better
explanation of why this approach is preferable to others that
people may have in mind: Carbon Fee and Dividend
Above is a TED talk based on basically the same idea from the Climate Leadership Council, a Republican organization endorsed by 27 Nobel laureates, all 4 living former Fed chairs, and 15 former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisors.
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